Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. – Isaiah 26:3
In early August, our family vacationed in Wisconsin near Lake Michigan.
We are not the sort of vacationers who like to do things on vacation – instead, we prefer not to do things. We don’t plan much of anything.
We’re so busy throughout the rest of the year, that all we want to do on vacation is come to a screeching halt.
Be at peace.
To us, the best sort of vacation is to enjoy one another while experiencing quiet, simple pleasures: riding bikes, taking walks, sitting on the beach, chatting around a fire.
And what a blessing to be able to spend time with God without the limitations of time and tasks waiting to be done!
It’s amazing how restorative a vacation like that can be. Coming back from our time together this summer, I felt clear-headed and light-hearted for the first time in months. I could actually claim to have gotten enough sleep for an entire week.
I returned home at complete peace with my life – not my usual state of mind.
Unfortunately, reality dictates that busyness (and stress) resume pretty much as soon as we return home. There’s unpacking, laundry, answering emails, preparing for a new home-school year, writing deadlines…you understand.
And I haven’t quite figured out yet how to hold on to a peaceful spirit in the midst of busy daily life, despite the fact that I’ve been dealing with the same sort of to-do list for years.
But Scripture indicates that we can experience true peace, day-in and day-out, if we keep our thoughts focused on the Lord.
It’s not easy to do, I know – it’s much more natural to focus on all we have to do than on whom we need to be, and particularly on Whom we need to trust and emulate.
While considering all this, I learned something new about today’s Scripture, Isaiah 26:3. Commentator and pastor David Guzik points out that the Hebrew words in that verse for “perfect peace” are shalom, shalom. The repetition of the word indicates its degree of emphasis – not just a pretty good peace, or even a great peace, but an ultimate peace.
I considered some ways that I can focus on God more throughout my day: post verses in conspicuous places, pray at regular times (instead of just during my devotions), and chat with my family at the end of each day about our God and His blessings.
I wish you all perfect peace!
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. – Colossians 3:15
How do you achieve peace in a busy and troubled world? What’s your favorite sort of vacation? Do you have any favorite Bible verses about peace? I welcome your comments as always.